Rhinoplasty is surgery that can be used to change the size and shape of the nose. It can be used to improve both the appearance and the breathing function of the nose. If you are considering rhinoplasty, it is normal to ask questions. Dr. Jonathan R. Grant is a dual board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty. Here, he answers the five most asked rhinoplasty questions.
1. Can Rhinoplasty Help With Allergies?
Rhinoplasty cannot cure nose allergies. However, the procedure can make nose breathing easier, which can help with some allergy symptoms.
Additionally, rhinoplasty can be used to treat issues associated with allergies. For example, it is common for people with seasonal allergies to develop nasal polyps. Large nasal polyps can obstruct airflow and interfere with one’s sense of smell. Polyps can be removed during rhinoplasty surgery.
2. How Can Rhinoplasty Change My Face?
If you are undergoing rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, it is entirely up to you how the procedure will change your face. It can have a minor or dramatic effect on your facial appearance. You may be surprised at how even a minor change can have a significant impact on your facial appearance.
3. What Can I Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery?
After rhinoplasty surgery you should expect to take some time off of work and your normal activities to give yourself time to heal. Most patients take at least a week off of work to heal and have to refrain from sports and exercise for at least a month (if not more).
You will most likely wake up from surgery with a small splint taped to the outside of your nose. You should also expect some pain and swelling and may experience bruising.
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to take care of your nose to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. You will have to be cautious when dealing with your nose and may have to sleep in an elevated or upright position to reduce swelling.
Most patients are surprised at how fast the healing process goes. While the swelling may take awhile to subside, the results tend to be easily visible.
4. How Long Does Rhinoplasty Last?
Rhinoplasty results can last a lifetime. Unless your nose is injured or you desire additional changes, your nose after rhinoplasty is your nose for life.
5. What Is the First Step Toward Getting Rhinoplasty?
The first step with rhinoplasty is to schedule a consultation with an experienced facial plastic surgeon. During the initial consultation the surgeon will ask you about your existing concerns and rhinoplasty goals. They will also examine your nose.
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
If you are ready to discuss your rhinoplasty needs and goals then it is time to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with Cascade Facial Surgery & Aesthetics. Call (360) 336-1947. We look forward to hearing from you!